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Season 1 (2000 - 2001)
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Unaired Pilot (not aired) Prod# ?
The unaired pilot has basicly the same plot as the one that aired but with a few changes. Some scenes were re-shot with different actors playing the parts of Sookie and Dean. For these new scenes the current backlot was used for the Stars Hollow instead of the original set in Canada. Also a scene at the Inn with a maid was not included in the aired pilot. Other changes include different theme music and credits.

Written by Amy Sherman-Palladino
Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter

My Review - Only read the transcript.

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1.01 - Pilot (1) (Thursday 5th October 2000) Prod# 226730
After Rory is accepted at Chilton, an extremely prestigious and expensive prep school, Lorelai's difficulty in raising the tuition money forces her to ask her wealthy parents, from whom she is estranged, for a loan. The elder Gilmores happily loan their daughter the money in exchange for an end to the estrangement and a family dinner every Friday night. In her last week at Stars Hollow High School, Rory meets a very cute new transfer student named Dean, which gives her second thoughts about attending Chilton. When Lorelai discovers that her ambivalence about Chilton centers on a boy, they argue about her future, but after the first Friday night family dinner at her grandparents' house, Rory makes up with her mother and decides to go to Chilton after all when she realizes the sacrifice her mother has made in agreeing to end the estrangement with her grandparents.

Written by Amy Sherman-Palladino
Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter

My Review - When I first watched the Gilmore Girls I didn't get it.




1.02 - The Lorelais' First Day at Chilton (2) (Thursday 12th October 2000) Prod# 226701
Lorelai oversleeps on Rory's first day at Chilton, and discovers that all her good clothes are at the cleaners. She throws on a tiny tie-dyed top, Daisy Mae shorts, and cowboy boots to the dismay of Rory, the Chilton headmaster, and Emily, who has shown up for Rory's first day. Lorelai and Emily leave after some awkward moments in the headmaster's office, bickering the entire way out. Rory's day goes downhill from there. She's handed a three inch binder containing one week's worth of notes from one class and meets some insufferable classmates who are determined to make her life at Chilton miserable.

Written by Amy Sherman-Palladino
Directed by Arlene Sanford

My Review - This episode shows how much of an influence Emily wants to be on the girls lives.




1.03 - Kill Me Now (3) (Thursday 19th October 2000) Prod# 226702
When Rory announces at Friday night dinner that she has to pick a team sport to play at Chilton, Emily insists that Richard take Rory to the club and teach her golf. Although Rory tees off to a rocky start, she soon gets into the swing of things and has a great time walking and talking with Richard. Later, Lorelai's mixed feelings as Rory tells her how much she enjoyed being with Richard at the club provokes her into an intensely stupid argument with Rory, which is soon patched up when Lorelai realizes that she's not losing Rory to her parents. At the Inn, Lorelai has her hands full overseeing all the preparations for an ornate double wedding ceremony and contending with a pair of spoiled and quarrelsome twin brides, their exhausted mother, their twin grooms, Michel, and the rest of her staff.

Written by Joanne Waters
Directed by Adam Nimoy

My Review - We see Richard and Rory getting closer and Lorelai and Rory have a fight over it.




1.04 - The Deer-Hunters (4) (Thursday 26th October 2000) Prod# 226703
Rory receives the first “D” of her life, pushing her to study like crazy for the upcoming exam. She and Lorelai stay up all hours reviewing every detail about Shakespeare, only to over-sleep and Rory misses the big test. Rory has a meltdown, telling off both Tristan and Paris in the process. Meanwhile, Lorelai meets Mr. Medina at the parent-teacher meeting and tells off the headmaster after Rory's meltdown.

Written by Jed Seidel
Directed by Alan Myerson

My Review - Rory's not doing very well coping at the new school.




1.05 - Cinnamon's Wake (5) (Thursday 2nd November 2000) Prod# 226704
When both a distant family member and a neighbor's cat die, Lorelai has to decide which wake to attend. Max and Lorelai get their feelings for each other out on the table, but what will Rory think of this? Meanwhile, Lorelai and Sookie attend a Chilton bake sale; and Rory and Dean's budding relationship takes one step forward.

Written by Daniel Palladino
Directed by Michael Kaleman

My Review - With Lorelai liking Max they decide to go on a date.




1.06 - Rory's Birthday Parties (6) (Thursday 9th November 2000) Prod# 226705
It's Rory's birthday, and her grandmother and mother each plan a party representative of their respective styles. Emily's elegant party so discomfits Rory that they argue. To make peace, Emily and Richard attend Lorelai's informal bash the next evening.

Written by Amy Sherman-Palladino
Directed by Sarah Pia Anderson

My Review - Coming Soon




1.07 - Kiss and Tell (7) (Thursday 16th November 2000) Prod# 226706
Dean gives Rory her first kiss; fearful of her mother's disapproval, Rory decides not to tell Lorelai for a little while; Lorelai gets stressed when she hears about the kiss from Mrs. Kim instead of Rory; Rory freaks out at first when Lorelai invites Dean over to watch videos and eat junk food, but ends up having a good time after all.

Written by Jenji Kohan
Directed by Rodman Flender

My Review - Coming Soon




1.08 - Love and War and Snow (8) (Thursday 14th December 2000) Prod# 226707
It's snowing, and Lorelai is giddy. She runs into Max in Stars Hollow, and invites him back to her place. But they run into someone unexpected when they get there. Lane feels left-out of Rory's life.

Written by Joan Binder Weiss
Directed by Alan Myerson

My Review - Coming Soon




1.09 - Rory's Dance (9) (Wednesday 20th December 2000) Prod# 226708
Lorelai is happy when Rory decides to attend her first dance with Dean. Emily arrives at their house to see Rory off to the dance, and ends up staying to take care of Lorelai. The dance starts off well, but everything goes downhill from there. All three Gilmore Girls get into an argument.

Written by Amy Sherman-Palladino
Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter

My Review - Coming Soon




1.10 - Forgiveness and Stuff (10) (Thursday 21st December 2000) Prod# 226709
Things are still chilly between Rory and Lorelai; Lane gives Rory advice about the right Christmas gift for Dean; Emily and Lorelai have a tiff about Christmas dinner, leaving Rory to go by herself; Dean and Lorelai patch things up; Luke makes a lonely Lorelai a Santa burger; Richard collapses and is rushed to the hospital; Luke gives a car-less Lorelai a ride to the hospital; relieved that Richard's collapse was only a bout of angina, the Gilmores settle their differences.

Written by John Stephens
Directed by Bethany Rooney

My Review - Coming Soon




1.11 - Paris Is Burning (11) ((Thursday 11th January 2001) Prod# 226710
As Lorelai and Max grow closer, Rory begins to get attached to the idea of Max in their lives, which freaks Lorelai out; Sookie and Lorelai have a frank talk about relationships; Lorelai tries to ease out of her relationship with Max during Parent's Day at Chilton, but ends up passionately kissing him in his classroom just as Paris walks by; stung by the details in the newspapers about her parents' messy divorce, Paris tells everyone in the lunchroom about Max and Lorelai to deflect gossip away from her and towards Rory; Rory confronts Paris, gets an apology, and offers a sympathetic ear, which is grudgingly accepted; Sookie asks Jackson out on a date and he accepts.

Written by Joan Binder Weiss
Directed by David Petrarca

My Review - Coming Soon




1.12 - Double Date (12) (Thursday 18th January 2001) Prod# 226712
After Lorelai encourages Sookie to ask out Jackson, she finds herself on the double date from hell with Jackson's cousin, Rune, which makes Luke jealous enough to finally work up the courage to ask Lorelai out. Meanwhile, Rory and Lane get into trouble when they double date with Dean and his friend Todd without telling their moms.

Written by Amy Sherman-Palladino
Directed by Lev L. Spiro

My Review - Coming Soon




1.13 - Concert Interruptus (13) (Thursday 15th February 2001) Prod# 226711
Lorelai organizes the Stars Hollow Charity Rummage Sale, which leads her to learn some details about Luke's romantic past. Meanwhile, Lorelai, Sookie, Rory, Paris, Madeline and Louise attend a Bangles concert in New York, which leads to Lorelai busting Madeline and Louise at an older boy's party.

Written by Elaine Arata
Directed by Bruce Seth Green

My Review - Coming Soon




1.14 - That Damn Donna Reed (14) (Thursday 22nd February 2001) Prod# 226715
An evening of "The Donna Reed Show" reruns infects Dean and both Gilmore Girls -- Dean expresses a longing for the type of family represented by the show, Lorelai helps Luke spruce up the diner with a fresh paint job and new curtains, and Rory dresses up like Donna and fixes a 1950s style dinner for Dean while petsitting Babette's new kitten; when the baby chick that's the subject of Rory's midterm project gets loose in the house, Lorelai frantically calls Luke to help her search the house; both Sookie and Emily force Lorelai to confront her feelings for Luke; Christopher roars into town on his motorcycle, and agrees to stay at Lorelai's and Rory's during his visit.

Written by Daniel Palladino & Amy Sherman-Palladino
Directed by Michael Katleman

My Review - Coming Soon




1.15 - Christopher Returns (15) (Thursday 1st March 2001) Prod# 226713
Wanting to play a greater role in Rory's life, Christopher settles in for his visit and lets Rory give him the grand tour of Stars Hollow. When his parents arrive in Hartford for a visit, Emily invites everyone to Friday night dinner, which turns out to be an unqualified disaster after Richard nearly comes to blows with Christopher's father over critical comments about Lorelai. In the aftermath of the ruined dinner party, Richard retreats to his study to calm down, Emily makes a plate for Rory in the kitchen and reassures her how much she is loved and regarded, and Christopher finds Lorelai on the balcony of her old bedroom and comforts her by repeating a little romantic history. The next morning, Lorelai awakens with a start, horrified that she forgot to help Luke paint the diner after dinner on Friday night. Grabbing a jacket, she races to the diner still clad in her pajamas, and begs Luke's forgiveness. He shrugs it off at first, but appears somewhat wounded when he realizes that Lorelai was with Christopher the night before. When Lorelai returns to the house, Christopher asks her to marry him and she regretfully turns him down, claiming he's not ready for the responsibility of a family quite yet. Christopher returns to California with the promise of doing a better job of staying in touch. The next morning, Lorelai surprises Luke by having the diner completely repainted when he arrives to open up for the day.

Written by Daniel Palladino
Directed by Michael Katleman

My Review - Coming Soon




1.16 - Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers (16) (Thursday 8th March 2001) Prod# 226714
Luke's ex-girlfriend Rachel arrives in Stars Hollow unexpectedly, and immediately picks up on the attraction between Luke and Lorelai, which they deny. Rachel decides to stay for awhile, which leaves Luke and Lorelai with mixed feelings. Lorelai and Rory are amazed when Emily agrees to excuse Rory from Friday night dinner so that Rory and Dean can celebrate their three month anniversary. When Lorelai arrives for dinner, she discovers the source of Emily's largesse -- her mother has invited another guest -- a man with whom she secretly hopes to fix Lorelai up. After a painful dinner with one of the world's most boring men, Lorelai attempts to escape through the window of her old bedroom, but is caught in the act by Richard. When he is forced to admit that even he is bored by the man, he uncharacteristically covers for her and lets her make her getaway. Back in Stars Hollow, Dean treats Rory to a wonderfully romantic dinner, and then gives her a present: a car that he's restoring for her. As they sit in the car, Dean professes his love, but Rory is unsure how to respond.

Written by Joan Binder Weiss
Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter

My Review - Coming Soon




1.17 - The Breakup, Part 2 (17) (Thursday 15th March 2001) Prod# 226716
Rory decides to engage in a flurry of activity to avoid thinking about Dean, despite Lorelai's advice to wallow; Lorelai runs interference as the residents of Stars Hollow reach out to console Rory and Luke attempts to bar Dean from the diner; Rachel pitches in to help Luke out at the diner; Jackson prepares dinner for Sookie, and has a tough time keeping her out of the kitchen; Rory decides to attend Madeline's party and takes Lane along for company; Lorelai decides to visit Max when she realizes how much she misses him; Lane is torn when she meets the perfect guy at the party; Rory attempts to befriend Tristan after he has very public breakup with his girlfriend at the party, and when he apologizes for his past bad behavior towards her and kisses her, she bursts into tears; at home, Rory sobs to Lorelai that she's ready to wallow now.

Written by Amy Sherman-Palladino
Directed by Nick Marck

My Review - Coming Soon




1.18 - The Third Lorelai (18) (Thursday 22nd March 2001) Prod# 226717
Emily becomes unhinged at the prospect of a visit from Richard's mother Trix; Paris is outraged when she discovers that Tristan asked her for a date at Rory's urging; fearing that she'll never see Lorelai again, Emily opposes Trix's offer to set up a trust fund for Rory.

Written by Amy Sherman-Palladino
Directed by Michael Katleman

My Review - Coming Soon




1.19 - Emily in Wonderland (19) (Thursday 26th April 2001) Prod# 226718
Rachel finds an abandoned inn that Lorelai and Sookie fall in love with; Lorelai and Rachel spend the afternoon getting to know each other and Rachel asks Lorelai to put in a good word for her with Luke; as Rory takes Emily on a tour of Stars Hollow, Emily hits it off with Mrs. Kim and Michel, but becomes distraught when she sees Lorelai and Rory's first home; at Sookie's urging, Lorelai gives Jackson's cousin, Rune, a job at the Inn.

Written by John Stephens and Linda Loiselle Guzik
Directed by Perry Lang

My Review - Coming Soon




1.20 - P.S. I Lo... (20) (Thursday 3rd May 2001) Prod# 226719
Lorelai helps Luke shop for a birthday present for Rachel and goes wild outfitting him with a new wardrobe; overwhelmed by sadness at her breakup with Dean, Rory is distressed to discover that Lane and Dean have become science project partners, and incensed to find out from Max that Lorelai has neglected to mention that they are dating again, so she argues with Lorelai and then takes off for Hartford to spend the night at her grandparents' house without telling her mother; when an angry Lorelai confronts Dean and discovers the truth about his breakup with Rory, she fears that she has taught Rory not to commit to a relationship.

Written by Elaine Arata and Joan Binder Weiss
Directed by Lev L. Spiro

My Review - Coming Soon




1.21 - Love, Daisies, and Troubadours (21) (Thursday 10th May 2001) Prod# 226720
Paris wreaks her revenge after Tristan lies about going to a concert with Rory; Rachel leaves Stars Hollow after she becomes convinced that despite his protests, Luke is in love with Lorelai; Rory's defense of the Stars Hollow troubadour during a town meeting brings her back together with Dean, enabling her to finally say, and mean, the words that he's been longing to hear; Luke and Max meet and engage in a little not-so-friendly rivalry as Max begins to suspect, despite her protests, that Lorelai and Luke were once an item; Max proposes to Lorelai with a thousand yellow daisies.

Written by Daniel Palladino
Directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino

My Review - Coming Soon

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